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New petition calls for removal of Confederate monument for Missy Elliot statue

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A new petition has called for the removal of a confederate monument in exchange for a Missy Elliot statue.

According to HuffPost, Nathan Coflin posted the petition on Change.org asking local politicians to remove the 35-foot Confederate statue erected in the late 1800s for “the confederate dead of Portsmouth and Norfolk County”.

“Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it? I say yes and ask you to join me in letting us work it. Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day. Ycamerpus Etihw!”

Missy Elliot was born in Portsmouth in 1971 and has had an incredibly successful music career. The petition details Elliott’s rise from “humble beginnings”.

“Missy is Portsmouth’s hometown icon,” Coflin told HuffPost. “The mayor of Portsmouth has already declared his support for moving the current monument from where it stands to a nearby cemetery where Confederate soldiers are buried. This will leave a void where the current one stands. Missy represents the diversity of Portsmouth and what hard work and perseverance can do. An inspiration to the town.”

The petition now has over 29,000 supporters.

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Serena Williams welcomes baby girl!

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Hello world, “Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.”.

This is how Tennis superstar Serene Williams took to instagram Wednesday to introduce the world to her new baby girl, coupled with an adorable photo of her snuggled with the new born. She also provided a link to her official site which housed an intimate video footage called “Hello, World” of her pregnancy journey, which featured cameo’s from her husband-to-be, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

In the video, you could see lots of personal moments for Serena – from her doctor visits, to belly videos of baby Alexis kicking and even building the cradle with her fiance.

There was also a clip where she kissed her Australia Open trophy after she won, and wrote text over it reading “No one knows I’m 8 weeks pregnant”. Coincidentally in the video you could hear her saying “This my baby” as she kissed the trophy. Oh the deceit!!

Williams gave birth on September 1 to Alexis, and she weighed 6 lbs, 14 ounces. She mentioned there were a lot of complications in the process but in the end she got her baby girl. Congratulations to Serena and her family!

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Photos: Rihanna Drops $8.6mil on an L.A. Mansion

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Everyone’s favorite Bad Gal has been putting in lots of (‘work, work, work, work, work, work’) lately and it shows. From topping the charts with DJ Khaled, to releasing fire merch with Puma, and now venturing into the beauty world and releasing her very own cosmetic line Fenty Beauty – the Bajan princess doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. This is why it didn’t come as a surprise to us when news broke that Rihanna recently dropped $8.6million on a new L.A. Mediterranean-style mansion located right off the sunset strip in West Hollywood.

The pop icon’s brand new pad boasts an extravagant open layout with six-bedrooms, a private movie theater, guest house, fitness room, game room and more.

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Taylor Swift preps for new single release, reveals forthcoming album name and cover art

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After a brief hiatus in the new music scene, America’s sweetheart is back; and she is not here to play.

Taylor Swift is ready to grace our earbuds with new music as she announced Wednesday the name of her highly anticipated sixth album, Reputation, and its release date, Nov. 10. The Grammy-nominated songstress took to instagram to alert fans that the first single will be released Thursday night and also revealed the album cover art.

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Prior to this, Taylor left fans speculating the possibility of something big underway after she oddly removed all posts, pictures and content from her instagram page last Friday with nothing to show for except a bio and profile image. Of course these actions left on-lookers puzzled as to what could possibly be going on. Could she have been hacked? (Seeing as though intruders had a field day hacking into our beloved Ariana Grande’s instagram page a few weeks back).

But surely enough, leave it to Taylor’s die-hard fans to inevitably piece together the puzzles and inform the rest of us clueless freaks (ditto) that this is in fact the start of a new music era for her (all thanks to the date). This was on August 18, exactly three years to the date she released Shake It Off and announced 1989. Like clockwork, Taylor returned to social media on Monday and dropped a 10-second video of an animated snake which she followed with two slightly longer clips revealing the reptiles full body on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Apparently, a new song titled Timeless has been registered under Taylor Swifts name with ASCAP; and on Monday fans noticed the website timeless.com appeared online and reads “Timeless Coming Soon”, leading fans to believe this is the name of her new single.

Taylor has gone almost a year without appearances. Apart from her on and off beef with Katy Perry, the 27-year-old musician can be remembered for her feud with Kanye West after he undeniably credited himself for the success of her career on his song Famous. Taylor then released a statement denying her approval of those lyrics, only for Kim Kardashian to silence the songstress by releasing alleged video of Kanye’s phone call with Taylor, in which she appears to have approved of his use of a derogatory word against her in the record

Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Taylor received heavy backlash online for trying to play the “victim”. Her social media was flooded with hate words and snake emoji’s.

It seems as though Taylor is making a good thing out of a bad situation. For all its worth, this project is gearing up to be one of her best yet.

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